European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE)

The European Network of Nursing in Higher Education (ENNE) was founded in 1998 and is a network that consists of representation from nursing departments in higher education institutions in 15 European countries where problem based learning (or a form of problem based learning) is used within the curriculum. One institution per country is permitted within the network and our School of Nursing and Midwifery (SNAM) became a member in November 2015.

The main purpose of ENNE is to promote teacher and student exchange. The student exchange takes place through a five day ‘intensive programme’ held in April each year for approximately six second/third year nursing students per participating institution. This presents an exciting opportunity for students wanting to broaden their experience and knowledge of health care systems in different European countries.

The intensive programme

The intensive programme is hosted by one of the member institutions and enables students to develop their intercultural competencies around an understanding of:

  • the social determinants of health in different European countries
  • the impact of globalisation on health
  • policy-making processes and approaches to policy analysis and evaluation across different health and social care systems
  • different models of organisation and delivery of health and social care services
  • the principles of nursing care and the role of the nursing profession within health and social care practices in different European countries
  • the design of nursing curricula, and the organisation of nursing within different European countries.

The programme is organised using problem-based learning principles in which students work together in tutorial groups of eight to ten students of mixed nationalities. A patient case scenario is used to enable students to share knowledge, practice and experiences in planning the care for the patient. Professional areas and themes in the scenarios include palliative care, pain management and community care.

Students are expected to prepare a presentation about their own country in advance; and discuss topics such as the general characteristics of their own health and social care system, nursing curriculum; and cultural characteristics (food, life style, family patterns, etc.). The programme includes visits to health and social care providers, and social and cultural activities all designed to promote intercultural understanding.

On completion of the programme, students will:

  • gain awareness of nursing competencies and values in different European health care systems
  • gain greater awareness of their own and different cultural competencies in nursing and develop further these competencies
  • be able to identify and describe similarities and differences in the nursing profession across health and social care settings in Europe
  • be able to develop a ‘European care plan’ using the knowledge gained from the tutorial group discussions
  • enhance their communication and language skills

Completion of the programme will be reflected in the student’s Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR).

The intensive programme in 2018 will be hosted by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) at their Pori campus in Finland from 22-28 April 2018.

Find out more about ENNE 2018

Intensive programme Barcelona 2017

"The ENNE programme was one of the best things I've done. I would recommend the programme to anyone seeking to learn about nursing from a European perspective, to meet new people from across Europe and to challenge themselves."

Keziah Wood, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) student

"On a personal level the programme was a brilliant social week where you can learn a lot from a variety of different cultures. You can also learn or practice your conversational skills in other languages. It was a good confidence booster for presentations and group work."

Stefan Bryant, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) student

Find out more about ENNE 2017

Process for applying

Normally six second or third year students can attend from each member institution. Applications will be considered by the SNAM ENNE Co-ordinator and all decisions will be final. Preference will be given to students who have not had to repeat any element (e.g. repeat a year/module/placement). If more applications are received than places available, students will be selected randomly but ensuring proportionate representation from the three nursing fields and the students based in Truro.

If the dates of the intensive programme fall within theory time, it will be each student’s responsibility to make up any work missed in discussion with the module leader/teacher and the time should be logged on timesheets as theory.  If the dates fall within a placement period, attendance at the programme will be counted as practice hours for one working week (37.5 hours). If the dates fall within independent study the time should be counted as practice hours.  Attendance at the intensive programme will not be grounds for extenuating circumstances.

Intensive programme Barcelona 2016

" ENNE was a unique opportunity to explore the culture of nursing across Europe in a friendly, positive and thought-provoking environment. I would encourage any nursing student to seize the opportunity of engaging in ENNE!"

Zoe Young, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) student

" The programme was certainly intensive but we had a fantastic week on the ENNE packed full of discussion, debate, networking, and laughter!"

Levi Allen-Bennetts, BSc (Hons) Nursing (Child Health) student

Find out more about ENNE 2016


Attendance costs are kept to a minimum by the ENNE Co-ordinators and are around €250 for accommodation, subsistence and all activities scheduled throughout the programme, but travel to and from the venue is extra. You must discuss your proposed application with your personal tutor and obtain their support. Applications should be submitted to Dr Jenny Morris by 8 December 2017 using the application form.  Completed application forms should be sent by email as a word document; no other format will be accepted.

Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

Participate in the ENNE intensive programme and add to your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

The HEAR records extra-curricular activities formally recognised by the University and helps you to stand out from the crowd to prospective employers.

Find out more about the HEAR